Basics, baby

Thursday, March 28, 2013


I spent my day running around trying to get my last minute Easter supplies and it was surprisingly warm so I finally got to break out my tank top and cut off shorts! I found these cute boots at the bottom of a crate in my closet after spring cleaning and they were perfect for running around. I plan on spending the rest of  my weekend hunting for a Polaroid camera and decorating Easter eggs (random list of activities).
How are you spending your Easter?
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Happy Friday!
Tank: Topshop (similar here)  |  Shorts: Forever 21 | Boots: Similar here   

Trend Report: Backpacks

Since it's festival season, there is one item that is a must have: a backpack! If you are like me you would never think to carry a backpack unless you are a student but these cute bags are anything but a school accessory. They are easy to carry and allow you to be hands free when you are dancing the day away! Here are a few of my favorite picks at every price!

What is your handbag of accessory of choice for the upcoming festivals?

Top to Bottom:
Chinle Backpack, Forever 21. Deena and Ozzy Metro Multi-Pocket Backpack, Urban Outfitters.
White Studded Contrast Panel Rucksack, River Island. Alameda embellished backpack, Free People.
Stripe Backpack, TopShop. Sweet Stud Backpack, Nasty Gal.
Embellished Backpack, (similar here). Floral Leather Trim Backpack, Wet Seal.

Frank Ocean for Band of Outsiders

Monday, March 25, 2013

Frank Ocean for Band of Outsiders...I can't be the only one that still has Channel Orange on repeat. Love everything about him!

"Imma try and swim from something bigger than me..." - Frank Ocean

You can see more here.

Smart Girl.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


I can't explain how excited I am that it's spring and it finally feels like it!
What are you most excited for?
I'm happy that the days are getting longer and I can spend more time outside taking hikes and enjoying the sunshine.
I'm also excited that my new glasses finally came. I've been squinting at everything for the past few days and now I can see! Oddly enough, I've been wearing specs since the first grade and I think I only have one picture of myself wearing them. I always thought glasses made me look frumpy but I've accepted them as a part of my "look" so I'll make an effort to wear them more!
Happy Monday! (Who really says that?)
Top: Forever 21 |  Pants: Forever 21 | Heels: Forever 21 (Similar here)  
China Glaze Polish :: “Sun Worshiper”

Beyonce as Mrs. Carter

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I basically screamed when I saw this! I love BeyoncĂ© and I love H and M...I need to say no more!

The collection hits stores in May!

Happy Friday!

Swim Into Spring

Leila Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $20. BCBGeneration.
Clear Thong Sandal, $12.80. Forever 21.
Farrah Bikini, $210.00. Charlie by MZ.
Malibu Beach Babe,$16. NCLA.

Baby, there's a shark in the water.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


I wore this outfit out to dinner with my best friend a few weeks ago (where our waiter kept shouting there's a shark in the room... how original)  and again to run errands today. I'm not really a fan of wearing heels to run errands but I think adding a pop of color to this outfit made it fun and less boyish!
P.S. - I'm totally in love with movies and TV so I love finding a great t-shirt referencing a classic like Jaws. Hello Steven Spielberg!!
Tee: Zara |  Jeans: Hudson (similar) | 
 Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target   


Monday, March 18, 2013


1. Perfect day in Santa Monica! 2. Just a little fun in the sun. More pics here.
3. Jen Awad Fall / Winter 2013 runway show. More pics here.
4. Throwback Thursday! I'm the one looking the wrong way (of course!)
5. Corner carnival! I love these little pop up carnivals that come to the neighborhood in the spring. (I love rollercoasters!) 
6. At my mom's play with my DIY clutch bag. See here and here.

All images via my Instagram; follow me! @LorettaArnnette

Drink me, I'm Irish!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Saint Patrick's day is coming up this weekend (Sunday to be exact) and it's always fun to dress up in green and drink with your friends all day! If you are having a party with friends or are not sure what to order while you are out, here are two really great drink options (alcoholic / non alcoholic) that will have everyone thinking you are Irish!
For the non drinker:

Green Lantern (non alcoholic)

What You'll Need

1 cup fresh parsley
1 cup cold water
club soda
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup lime juice  
Lime slices for garnish (optional)

1. Put all ingredients, except the soda, into a blender. Cover and puree for 60 seconds. 
2. Strain the blender puree through a sieve into a glass or other transparent pitcher.
3. Serve the beverage over ice adding club soda to fill the glasses.
4. Garnish with a slice of lime on the rim of the glass.

Dublin Old Fashioned (For the gal who likes a stiff drink...take it easy)

What You'll Need

1/2 teaspoon sugar
5 mint leaves
1/4 oz. lime juice
1.5 oz. whiskey
1/8 oz. absinthe (Less is probably a good idea)


1. Fill a glass with ice and set it aside.
2. Place 5 mint leaves, 1/4 oz. lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar together at the bottom of the shaker.
3. Whiskey and ice (from glass) to shaker and shake until it is mixed well.
4. Pour a VERY small amount of absinthe into the glass and swirl it around until it coats the whole glass, then pour the absinthe out.
5. Strain the shaker into the glass and top it off with club soda!

Remember to drink responsibly! If you drink, take a taxi or walk home! Be safe and have fun!

LAFW: Jen Awad Fall / Winter 2013 Runway Show

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


On March 9th, I went to Jen Awad's Fall / Winter 2013 Runway show at Siren Studio in LA. The collection featured lace, velvet, and sheer fabrics to create the perfect balancing point between masculine and feminine dressing. The romantic tone of the line was set by deep and rich hues of blue purple, black and white. As always, Jen Awad found a way to stay classic and push the boundaries.
What was your favorite look from the collection?
For more information on Jen Awad visit her website at

South by South West Survival Guide

Monday, March 11, 2013

1.  Headbands / hair ties: You can't be a sexy dancing machine with your hair flying all over the place.  It's always a good idea to have a headband or a hair tie on hand to tie your locks back and still look cute! Tie Dye Angela Headbands, Twistbands.

2. Crossbody purse: A hands free bag is the best thing you can have so your hands aren't restricted. It's best to have a bag that is small enough not to be in the way and big enough to fit your cell phone and lip gloss and passes to events. Basic fringe bag, Whiting & Davis.

3.  Cute and comfortable shoes: Don't be the girl that ends the in the night leaning on her friends shoulder or walking barefoot in the street (we've all been there!). Wear a shoe that is comfortable and will allow you to stand and walk around for hours.
Maci Sandal, Dr.Scholl's or Maya Sandal, Ipanema.

4. Band tees or tank tops: The weather in Austin, Texas is suppose to be pretty mild so it is great to have a fun shirt to show off your favorite music artist. Hint: don't wear a color that turns darker if it gets wet (no one likes sweat stains). Snoop Dogg Muscle Tee. Forever 21.

5. Denim shorts: The best thing ever invented! Need I say more?? Nymph short, Eugene is my Middle Name.

6. Backup battery: This will relieve some of the anxiety of trying to save your battery. You'll need all of your battery to take tons of Instagram pictures and tweet your life away! Printed backup battery, J. Crew.

7. A solid Manicure: Pick a fun vibrant color that shows off how excited you are to be at the most influential media festival in the world. I would recommend that you bring the bottle with you to your hotel just in case you get a chip!
"Groove is in the Heart" nail color. Deborah Lippmann.

Here are a few other tips on how to survive a festival:

- If you are going with friends make sure to have a meet up point just in case the group gets separated. Trying to find two people in a crowd of 30,000 is not fun!

- Write down contact phone numbers on a piece of paper so if your cell phone dies you will be able to call people (lets face it who really memorizes phone numbers anymore??)

- Don't wear anything tight or restricting! There will be tons of walking and standing so you want to be comfortable and in a good mood to dance and shop.

You're Invited: The Neighborhood at the 2nd Street District

Friday, March 8, 2013

You really can't go wrong mixing music and fashion at one of the most influential interactive festivals in the world. If you plan on being in Austin, TX from March 11th to March 14th, stop by the Neighborhood at the 2nd Street District to listen to panels lead by The Man Repeller, Bollare, John Varvatos, and  Refinery29 and stop by and shop at the pop up shops!

Here is a roadtrip playlist inspired by the Neighborhood and South by SouthWest's most fashionable artists:
Hang Me Out to Dry - Cold War kids
Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm (From my home town! Hello Riverside, CA!!)
Old Fixer Upper - Ben Dukes
F**kin Problems - A$AP Rocky
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
 Nothing on You - N.E.R.D
C.R.E.A.M- Wu-Tang Clan 
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand 
Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Float On - Modest Mouse
Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Go Getter- The Black Keys
Dance or Die - Janelle Monae
We are Young - Fun
I'll try Anything Once - The Strokes
Girls and Boys - Blur
Work Hard, Play Hard - Wiz Khalifa

Use #Neighbor2013 on twitter and share your experiences with us! See you there!

Ruffles and Sneaks.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I went shopping in Santa Monica last week and I found this amazing dress from Brandy Melville. It's a little revealing (if you aren't feeling so daring you can wear a bandeau underneath) but perfect to wear to the beach or an easy day just hanging out. I can't explain how excited I am that spring is just days away and the days are getting longer and the weather is heating up!

You can see a tutorial on my turquoise stone inspired nails here.
::Polish: butter London's Scuppered, China Glaze's Turned Up Turquoise::

Black Dress, Brandy Melville. Beaded Cross Bracelet, Brandy Melville. Chuck Taylor All Star Lo, Robert Wayne. Geometric bracelet, Brandy Melville (similar one found here ). Initial heart midi ring, TopShop. Gold band midi ring, TopShop (similar ones found here and here).

Mani Monday: Turquoise Stone nails

Monday, March 4, 2013

What You'll Need:
- 1 Plastic sandwhich bag
- Blue nail polish
- gold nail polish

1. Paint nails with a blue nail polish ( I used China Glaze's Turned Up Turquoise) and wait until it is completley dry.

2. Crumple sandwhich bag into a ball and dip into a bronze nail polish ( I used Scuppered by Butter London).

3. Press sandwhich bad into nails to create a fun marble texture!

4. Apply top coat!